BY JESSICA SHERWIN
Joe Koshollek, Kettle Moraine Press Association Vice President has stayed on every floor in every residence hall on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s campus.
During this time, Koshollek has seen KEMPA Summer Journalism Workshop evolve over the course of 23 years. When Koshollek arrived in 1998 as a KEMPA camper, the camp was still a two week-long ordeal, separated into a one-week yearbook section and a one-week newspaper section.
After graduating from the KEMPA Summer Journalism Workshop (SJW), Koshollek returned as a lab assistant, helping his father with the photography class. After a few years, Koshollek began co-instructing with his father, and then eventually took over the class.
Koshollek currently teaches photojournalism and principles of photography classes, and holds fond memories of previous years.
“I do miss the core group of counselors,” Koshollek said. “We would have an Uno tournament throughout the week. There were just a lot of shenanigans going on in between the counselors…water balloon fights. You never wanted to be the new counselor…you were targeted.”
But it wasn’t all fun and games. In Koshollek’s earlier days at KEMPA SJW, he used to shoot with film, using a wet lab to develop the photographs.
“[The content] I teach has changed dramatically,” Koshollek said. “We would spend all night developing the slide film. Slide film is very temperamental. It was a three or four step process. Then we would mount all the film into slide holders. Now its all digital. You just hook it up to a projector. We went from an all night process to a one hour process.”
Koshollek has enjoyed all of his time at KEMPA, both as a student and as an instructor.
“It’s a great experience. I’m passing on something that I learned at KEMPA camp. I’m carrying the torch,” Koshollek said. “It’s hard to pick a favorite part. Seeing all the new faces… Teaching the kids something that hopefully will sink in when they go back to school.”
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